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Re: First autoremovals happen in about 8 days

On Tue, 8 Oct 2013 09:46:02 -0700 (PDT)
Geoffrey Thomas <geofft@ldpreload.com> wrote:

> On Mon, 7 Oct 2013, Bill Allombert wrote:
> > I am concerned that in the event a package is removed from testing,
> > the people most interested with restoring the package will miss the
> > removal, since the package will stay installed on their systems.
> Would this be addressed by building some mechanism (making tombstone 
> packages comes to mind, but there are many options) for apt to prompt
> to remove packages that were removed in the archive?

You mean beyond apt-get autoremove? apt already declares which packages
could be automatically removed. Other managers like synaptic have a
list of "local and obsolete" packages and packages no longer listed in
any of the apt sources will show up as "local or obsolete".

Otherwise, define "the archive" - very few machines have a single apt
source or even apt sources which only point at a Debian mirror. How
does apt know which archive to look at? what about derivatives and

Some users will experience the bug which caused the removal. Others
will find that apt removes the package during an upgrade. If the rest
don't notice, is there any harm done?


Neil Williams

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